Korean War Casualties

 

  Served1 Combat Deaths2 Missing3 Non-Combat Deaths Total Dead Wounded POW4 Total Casualties
United States 1,789,000 28,922 4,825 2,827 36,574 103,284 7,112 139,858
- Army 1,153,000 24,394 3,341 2,121 29,856 77,596 6,656 107,452
- Marines 130,000 3,881 386 242 4,509 23,744 221 28,253
- Air Force 241,000 247 995 310 1,552 368 123 1,920
- Navy 265,000 400 103 154 657 1,576 112 2,233
                 
United Nations 191,282 - - - 4,141 12,044 1,381 16,185
- United Kingdom 81,034 - - - 1,106 2,674 977 3,780
- Turkey 14,936 - - - 889 2,111 243 3,000
- Canada 26,791 - - - 516 1,558 32 2,074
- Australia 17,000 - - - 306 1,216 30 1,522
- France 8,271 - - - 271 1,008 12 1,279
- Colombia 6,000 - - - 210 610 28 820
- Greece 5,000 - - - 194 459 3 653
- Thailand 6,500 - - - 136 469 - 605
- Philippines 7,400 - - - 128 299 41 427
- Ethiopia 3,518 - - - 122 566 - 688
- Netherlands 5,322 - - - 120 645 4 765
- Belgium 3,500 - - - 97 350 1 447
- South Africa 826 - - - 34 16 9 50
- New Zealand 5,094 - - - 33 79 1 112
- Luxembourg 90 - - - 7 21 - 28
                 
South Korea - 184,573 - - 257,000 - - -
(US DoD) - 46,812 66,436 - 113,248 159,727 - 272,975
(Korean Times) - 137,875 19,392 - 157,267 450,752 - 608,019
                 
TOTAL UN - - - - 153,963 275.055 - 429,018
                 
North Korea - - - - - - - -
(US DoD) - 214,899 101,680 - 316,579 303,685 >100,000 620,264
(ROK) - - - - 294,931 - - -
                 
China - 132,000 - - 171,669 - - -
(US DoD) - 401,401 21,211 - 422,612 486,995 >85,000 909,607
(ROK) - - - - 184,124 - - -
(Rottmann) - 132,000 25,600 13,000 170,600 260,000 >85,000 430,600
(Other) - - - - 142,000 238,000 - 380,000
                 
USSR5 >46,000 - - - 299 165 - 464
                 
TOTAL COMMUNIST (DoD) - 616,300 122,891 - 739,490 790,680 >185,000 1,529,871
TOTAL COMMUNIST (Low) - - - - 479,354 563,850 >185,000 1,051,328

 

Notes:

There is no single authoritative source for Korean War casualties for the communist armies. US Department of Defense estimates are generally believed to be too high and of dubious precision, while national sources are believed to be too low. US casualties are based on most recent 2012 DoD revision, except POW figures which are based on 2000 revision. UN casualties are based on Coldfelter (2017). Rottman (2002) gives slightly different figures but is used here for POW figures.

(1) US Number Served is for Far East theater overall.

(2) US Combat Deaths includes POWs dead in captivity.

(3) US Missing includes confirmed and presumed dead.

(4) US and UN POW data from different source (Rottmann, 2002); POW numbers not included in Total Casualties count.

(5) USSR Number Served is peak strength in Korea (20,000) and Manchuria (26,000). USSR Dead includes 120 pilots.

(6) Civilian casualties are estimated as follows: South Korea - 129,000 killed or executed, 83,000 abducted, 244,000 total dead. Other sources claim up to 1 million dead. North Korea - up to 1 million dead.

Sources: Defense Casualty Analysis System; Clodfelter, M. (2017), Warfare and Armed Conflicts (4th Ed).; Rottman, G. L. (2002), Korean War Order of Battle.

Last modified: 4 February 2020